Southern Crescent Technical College

Dart Foundation Donates to Mechatronics Program

Front L-R: Dr. Mark Andrews - Executive Vice President, SCTC; Barbara Jo Cook - Vice President for Advancement, SCTC; Dr. Alvetta Thomas - President, SCTC; Dart Foundation Representatives - Lekchisa Pennyman, LaRae McGouirk, Dennis Strom; Back Row: Dr. Steve Pearce - Vice President for Academic Affairs, SCTC; Steve Hendrix - Director of Economic Development, SCTC; Galen Andrews - Mechatronics Instructor; Miriam Elsey - SCTC Foundation Trustee; Kyle Fletcher - SCTC Board Member pose with large check
Front L-R: Dr. Mark Andrews - Executive Vice President, SCTC; Barbara Jo Cook - Vice President for Advancement, SCTC; Dr. Alvetta Thomas - President, SCTC; Dart Foundation Representatives - Lekchisa Pennyman, LaRae McGouirk, Dennis Strom; Back Row: Dr. Steve Pearce - Vice President for Academic Affairs, SCTC; Steve Hendrix - Director of Economic Development, SCTC; Galen Andrews - Mechatronics Instructor, SCTC; Miriam Elsey - SCTC Foundation Trustee; Kyle Fletcher - SCTC Board Member

The Dart Foundation has awarded a grant of $99,405.00 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc., to be used for the Mechatronics Lab on the Flint River Campus in Thomaston.  The Mechatronics/ Industrial Systems Technology Program is currently replacing the Electronics Program to provide training for the students in the maintenance field and to prepare them for the workforce in Upson County and the surrounding area.

The funds from the grant will be used to purchase trainers that will allow students to learn cutting edge technical skills such as robotics, Ethernet communication, advanced PLC, and voltage frequency motor drive operations.  The trainers, which include the FANUC Robot, the Allen Bradley PLC Trainer, the Siemens PLC Trainer, and the Voltage Frequency Drive/Ethernet Trainer, will enhance the training for students and provide world-class maintenance technicians for area companies.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC President, said “I want to thank the Dart Foundation for their support and their contribution to Southern Crescent Technical College. We could not do the work that we do without the support of key business and funding partners like the Dart Foundation. These types of partnerships are critical to the success of our students and to the economic development of the areas we serve. We plan to be great stewards of this investment and hope to produce high quality graduates using this equipment.”

During the last fiscal year, the Mechatronics/Industrial Program has grown from six students to fifteen students.  In addition, nine students have registered for the summer and fall semesters.  The additional trainers made possible through the Dart Foundation’s grant will help make Southern Crescent Technical College the first choice when students are looking for training in the maintenance field.

“We are excited to provide this grant for equipment and materials needed to supplement the Industrial Systems program offered at the Flint River Campus” said LaRae McGouirk, a local Dart Foundation representative. “This will help build a strong program with more graduates in the maintenance field, right here in Thomaston, Georgia.”

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities, including Thomaston and the surrounding area.